Student Handbook 2014-2015 Table of Contents

Student Handbook 2014-2015 Table of Contents
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Student Handbook 2014-2015
Table of Contents
2014-2015 SCHOOL CALENDAR - IRWIN COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL ............................................................................. 3
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE ................................................................................................................................................................ 3
TEACHER QUALIFICATION ........................................................................................................................................................ 3
ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS .............................................................................................................................................................. 3
ATTENDANCE PLAN ...................................................................................................................................................................... 4
COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE LAW OF GEORGIA ............................................................................................... 4
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES............................................................................................................................................................ 4
EXCESSIVE ABSENCES (EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED) ...................................................................................................... 5
TARDIES ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 5
EXCESSIVE TARDIES .................................................................................................................................................................. 5
TAADRA ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 6
SCHEDULES ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
EARLY CHECKOUT/LEAVING SCHOOL .................................................................................................................................. 6
MOVING ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 6
HOSPITAL HOMEBOUND SERVICES ........................................................................................................................................ 7
CAFETERIA ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
PROMOTION POLICY .................................................................................................................................................................... 7
GRADES ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 7
SCHOOL COUNSELOR .................................................................................................................................................................. 7
HOMEWORK .................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
MAKE-UP WORK .............................................................................................................................................................................. 8
LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER ........................................................................................................................................................... 8
MEDIA CENTER OPERATING HOURS ................................................................................................................................................ 8
GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR MEDIA CENTER USE AND ENJOYMENT .............................................................................................. 8
COMPUTERS ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 8
CIRCULATION (CHECKING IN AND OUT MATERIALS) ........................................................................................................................ 8
LOCKERS .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 9
FITNESSGRAM ................................................................................................................................................................................ 9
NO PASS - NO PARTICIPATE ....................................................................................................................................................... 9
IRWIN COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNCIL ..................................................................................................................... 10
SPECIAL PROVISIONS ................................................................................................................................................................ 10
PUBLICATION OF STUDENT IMAGES .................................................................................................................................... 10
STUDENT DRESS CODE .............................................................................................................................................................. 10
STUDENT EXPECTATIONS IN THE CLASSROOM ............................................................................................................... 11
TEXTBOOKS .................................................................................................................................................................................. 11
TRANSPORTATION ...................................................................................................................................................................... 11
OTHER ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 11
BOOK BAGS .................................................................................................................................................................................... 11
DISPENSING MEDICATIONS ..................................................................................................................................................... 11
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HONOR ROLL REQUIREMENTS............................................................................................................................................... 11
GIFTED EDUCATION ................................................................................................................................................................... 12
JUNIOR BETA ................................................................................................................................................................................ 12
VISITORS ON CAMPUS................................................................................................................................................................ 12
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS ..................................................................................................................................................... 12
CODE OF CONDUCT .................................................................................................................................................................... 12
BEHAVIOR ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
CHRONIC DISCIPLINARY PROBLEM STUDENTS (20-2-765) ............................................................................................. 13
HOUSE BILL NO. 605.................................................................................................................................................................. 13
HOUSE BILL NO. 1321................................................................................................................................................................ 13
DISCIPLINE POLICY (20-2-751) ............................................................................................................................................... 14
LUNCH DETENTION .................................................................................................................................................................. 14
IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION ......................................................................................................................................................... 14
IN SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE ....................................................................................................................................... 14
SATURDAY SCHOOL ................................................................................................................................................................ 14
SCHOOL SUSPENSION .............................................................................................................................................................. 14
ADMINISTRATIVE PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE PROCESS ............................................................................................... 14
GUIDING PRINCIPLES ..................................................................................................................................................................... 14
LEVEL 1 OFFENSES ................................................................................................................................................................... 14
LEVEL II OFFENSES .................................................................................................................................................................. 15
LEVEL III OFFENSES ................................................................................................................................................................. 15
LEVEL IV OFFENSES ................................................................................................................................................................. 17
DUE PROCESS ............................................................................................................................................................................ 18
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (G.A.20-2-735) ............................................................................................................................ 18
BEHAVIOR SUPPORT PROCESS (G.A. 20-2-1183) .................................................................................................................. 18
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA) ..................................................................................... 19
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR STUDENTS/PARENTS ...................................................................................................... 19
AMENDMENTS .............................................................................................................................................................................. 19
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY FOR IRWIN COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM ................................................................. 19
STUDENT TRANSPORTATION/BUS DISCIPLINE POLICY ................................................................................................. 19
BUS RIDING RULES ...................................................................................................................................................................... 21
GEORGIA TOLL-FREE SCHOOL SAFETY HOTLINE .......................................................................................................... 21
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2014-2015 School Calendar - Irwin County Middle School
July 31 and August 1-4 2014
August 5, 2014
September 1, 2014
October 9, 2014
October 10, 2014
November 24-28, 2014
December 22-31, 2014
January 1-2, 2015
January 5, 2015
January 6, 2015
January 19, 2015
February 16, 2015
March 12, 2015
March 13, 2015
April 6-10, 2015
May 22, 2015
May 25 - 27, 2015
Progress Reports
Report Cards
Open House
Teacher Work Days
First Day of School
Holiday
Teacher Work Day
School Holiday
Holidays
Holidays
Holidays
Teacher Workday
Students Return to School
Holiday
Holiday
Teacher Work Day
School Holiday
Holidays
Last day of school
Teacher Workdays
8/27, 9/17, 11/3, 11/21, 1/27, 2/17,4/3, 5/1
10/20, 1/16, 3/23, 6/1
8/4, 10/21, 1/20, 3/24
NOTE: Students do not attend school on In-Service days, only teachers and staff.
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Education is a process whereby parents and teachers must work together if maximum growth is to occur. Open communication
must be achieved and maintained. The faculty and staff understand the importance of open communication, and encourage parents to
be actively involved with their child. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or come by the school. We at ICMS
take pride in our students and wish them the best in all their endeavors.
TEACHER QUALIFICATION
The Irwin County School District informs parents that you may request information about the professional qualifications of
your student’s teacher(s) and paraprofessional(s). The following information may be requested:
1) Whether the teacher has met the Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for certification for the grade level
and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
2) Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Georgia qualifications or
certification criteria have been waived;
3) The College major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher;
4) Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications. Such as is the paraprofessional
certified and\or highly qualified.
If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s qualification, please contact the principal at 468-5517.
ACTIVITIES AND CLUBS
Clubs and activities are an important part of the total school program. Please remember, in all club activities, you represent
yourself, your parents, your school, and your community.
In order for a student to maintain membership in a club, he/she must adhere to all club attendance policies and all other club
regulations. All students participating in extracurricular activities must follow the guidelines where applicable, as set forth by the State
Board of Education, local school and board policies, QBE guidelines, and the Georgia High School Association. Any student involved
in any club activity is under the jurisdiction of the school. Any conduct deemed improper during club activities-either at school or
away-will be dealt with by the club sponsor and the principal. Many penalties, including expulsion from school, could be administered
if the conduct is severe enough. Any club activity must be approved by the Irwin County Board of Education.
All club sponsors will provide prospective members with a student code of conduct for their organization including name, mission
or purpose, name of advisor, and planned or past activities. Upon review of the organization code of conduct, parents or guardians may
decline permission in writing for his/her student to participate in the club’s activities.
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Clubs
Club
FBLA
Sponsor
Monica Smith
Mission
Students explore, encounter, and experience positive
leadership skills for their present lifestyles, as well as their
future work.
FFA
Chris Paulk
Make a positive difference in the lives of students by
developing their potential for leadership, personal growth.
Y-Club
TJ Croft
Jr. Beta
Dawn Giddens
Paige Smith
Student
Council
Abby Griffin
TSA
John Tuggle
4H
Jenny Sutton
Phillip Edwards
FCCLA
Ann Phelps
To create, maintain and extend throughout the home,
school and community, high standards of Christian
character
National Beta Club shall be to promote the ideals of
character, service and leadership among elementary and
secondary school students.
To maintain and develop an intellectually stimulating
atmosphere for students and staff. To take action in the
best interest of the student body.
Preparing members to be successful leaders and
responsible citizens in a technological society.
To assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing lifes
skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to
become self-directing, productive and contributing
citizens.
Students develop leadership and practice skills for life
through personal development and community service
activities.
Special Activities
Community Service Projects
Conferences
Competitions at local, region, and
state levels
Projects
Conferences
Team Competitions
Summer Camp
Hog Show
Conferences
School and Community Projects
“Y” Club Week
Fall Leadership Conference in Macon
Beta Induction
Hanging the flag daily
Red Ribbon Week
Teacher Appreciation Week
Morning announcements
Tech Day at the state Fair Conferences
DPA
Summer Camp/Activities
SAFE Team
Hog Show
Jr. Conference
Fall Leadership Conference
Cluster Meeting, Camp
FCCLA Day at the Capital
STAR Events, State Meet
ATTENDANCE PLAN
COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE LAW OF GEORGIA
Compulsory Attendance Ages: "between 6th and 16th birthdays." Official Code of Georgia Annotated O.C.G.A. В§ 20-2-690.1
requires any person in this State who has control or charge of a child between the ages of six and sixteen to enroll and send that child to
school including public, private and home schooling. However, if a child is under 6 and has attended more than 20 days in a public
school, he/she is then subject to the compulsory attendance laws (20-2-150(C).
Under and by virtue of the school laws of this state, you are required to cause the continuous attendance of said child/children in a
school. Failure to do so make you liable to the penalties provided therein. Violation of the law is a misdemeanor, and violation makes
you subject to a fine of $100 or 30 days in jail, or both at the discretion of the Court. Each day of absence from school in violation of
this law shall constitute a separate offense.
Regular school attendance is mandated by the state and necessary for students to make adequate progress each year. As we are
committed to each child’s mastery of all essential skills, we will continue to closely monitor absences, tardies, and early checkouts.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
After a student accumulates three (3) unexcused absences, a letter will be sent to parent/guardian informing him/her of the
student’s absences and the administrative and legal consequences of continued absence from school.
After a student (up to age 16) accumulates five (5) unexcused absences in a semester, a meeting will be required with the District
Level Attendance Review Committee with the student (age 10 and above) and parents/guardians to review the student's attendance to
date (absences, tardies, and early check-outs), attendance history, compulsory attendance law, and potential consequences and penalties
for failure to comply and to sign an Attendance Contract. The School Social Worker will document attempts to work with the family
on improving attendance to avoid a referral to the court system.
After the 5th unexcused absence, each additional unexcused absence warrants a separate offense. Failure to attend the
District Level Attendance Review Board meeting could result in a referral to the School Social Worker for possible
intervention.
Upon the 6th or next unexcused absence, after signing the Attendance Contract, a Referral shall be made to the School Social
Worker and a meeting will be required with the student and parents/guardians to review the student’s attendance history and
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continue to work with the family prior to referring to the court system. After the 5th unexcused absence, ages 10-16, Warrant
issued for Parents and Child.
Upon the 10th Unexcused absence, the students name will be submitted to the School Social Worker/Attendance Officer. The
SSW will mail a letter to the parents informing them that non- compliance data is being submitted to the Department of Driver’s
Services.
Consequences for students with 10 or more unexcused absences include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Parent/Student Meeting with administration;
2. DFACS Referral;
3. Warrant issued for Parent and/or child;
4. Referral to Disciplinary Tribunal for possible Alternative School Placement;
5. Loss of participation in extracurricular activities;
6. Referral to other services as appropriate (e.g. Mental Health, Parenting classes, etc.).
7. Appear before a placement committee to determine Promotion/Retention
8. In School Suspension
9. Lunch Detention
10. Other consequences as deemed appropriate by Administration.
EXCESSIVE ABSENCES (EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED)
After a student accumulates a total of 5 (five) excused and/or unexcused absences, a letter shall be sent from the school to the
parents/guardians requiring a meeting with the School Level Attendance Committee. The Committee will meet on the 4th Thursday
of each month.
After a student accumulates a total of seven (7) excused and/or unexcused absences:
1. A letter shall be sent from the school to the parents/guardians requiring a meeting with the School Administration to
review the student’s attendance history.
2. For any absence occurring after the seventh (7th) excused and unexcused, a Doctor’s Note will be required.
3. May result in a referral to the School Social Worker.
After a student accumulates a total of ten (10) or more excused and/or unexcused absences, possible consequences include but
are not limited to:
1. A letter from the school to the parents/guardians requiring a meeting with the District Level Attendance Board.
2. A referral to the School Social Worker, DFACS and/or other outside agency. Every effort will be made to assist the
family in improving their child(ren)’s school attendance.
3. Other consequences as deemed appropriate by Administration.
TARDIES
A student who arrives at school after the 8:00 tardy bell should report to the office for an admittance slip. If a student is more than
30 minutes late to class, the tardy will be counted as skipping for that class. Students will be excused for tardiness to school due to
personal illness, family illness, medical appointments, or with administrative approval. Students should have notes from parents to
verify tardiness. A student is tardy if not in his\her assigned place at the scheduled time for class to begin.
Students referred to the office and receiving an unexcused tardy will be handled as follows:
1. Three (3) unexcused incidences of tardiness will result in two days lunch detention.
2. Six (6) accumulated incidences of tardiness will result in 5 days of Connection detention in ISS.
3. Continued incidences of tardiness will result in long term ISS placement and possible referral to the School Social Worker for
intervention.
EXCESSIVE TARDIES
After a student accumulates ten (10) unexcused tardies, a letter shall be sent from the school to the parents/guardians requiring
a meeting with the School Administration. Failure to attend this meeting may result in a referral to the School Social Worker.
After a student accumulates fifteen (15) unexcused tardies, a letter shall be sent from the school to the parent/ guardian
requiring a meeting with the District Level Attendance Review Board. Failure to attend this meeting may result in a referral to
the School Social Worker.
State Board Rule 160-5-1-.10 delineates absences which all schools must consider excused. It also provides that school days
missed as a result of an out-of-school suspension shall not count as unexcused.
Excused absences shall include:
• Personal illness or when attendance in school would endanger the student's health or the health of others;
• A serious illness or death in a student's immediate family (mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, or legal guardian)
that necessitates absences from school;
• Celebrating special, recognized religious holidays observed by their faith, necessitating absence from school;
• A court order or an order by a governmental agency, including pre-induction physical examinations for service in the
armed forces, mandating absence from school (high school). The first day for armed forces will be counted present.
• Conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety.
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A student whose parent or legal guardian is in military service in the armed forces of the United States or the National
Guard, and such parent or legal guardian has been called to duty for or is on leave from overseas deployment to a combat
zone or combat support posting, shall be granted excused absences, up to a maximum of five school days per school year,
for the day or days missed from school to visit with his or her parent or legal guardian prior to such parent’s or legal
guardian’s deployment or during such parent’s or legal guardian’s leave. Nothing in this Code section shall be construed
to require a local school system to revise any policies relating to maximum number of excused and unexcused absences
for any purposes. (O.C.G.A. В§ 20-2-692.1)
• Local boards of education shall count students present when they are serving as pages of the Georgia General Assembly
as set forth in O.C.G.A. В§ 20-2-692.
All work for excused absences must be made up within three (3) school days. Work that is missed for an unexcused absence
will receive a grade of zero. The Georgia Department of Education requires that the school obtain a written excuse from parents
when a child is absent from school. This excuse should be sent with the child on the day he/she returns to school. Excuses not
received by the 3rd day of returning back to the Middle and High School will not be accepted. This includes children going home
from the clinic with or without a Nurse's note. Excuses will be evaluated by the principal or a designee, to determine if the
absence is excused or unexcused
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TAADRA
Section a.1 of the Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TAADRA) applies to all minors who are at least 15 years
of age and under the age of 18. When such a minor submits an application for a Georgia driver’s license or instruction permit, the
applicant must present proof that he or she satisfies one of the following conditions as specified in O.C.G.A. В§ 40-5-22 (a.1):
1. Is enrolled in and not under expulsion from a public or private school and has not had ten or more
school
days
of
unexcused absences in the current academic year or ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the previous academic
year;
2. Is enrolled in a home education program that satisfies the reporting requirements of all state laws governing such program.
The Department of Driver Services shall notify such minor of his or her ineligibility for an instruction permit or driver’s
license at the time of application;
3. Has received a high school diploma, a general educational development (GED) diploma, a special diploma, or a certificate of
high school completion;
4. Has terminated his or her secondary education and is enrolled in a postsecondary school or is pursuing a general educational
development (GED) diploma.
SCHEDULES
Class Schedule
7:55-8:55 - 1st Period
8:55-9:55 - 2nd Period
9:55-10:55 - 3rd Period
10:55-11:55 - 4th Period
11:55-1:15 - 5th Period
1:15-2:15 - 6th Period
2:15-3:15 - 7th Period
Connection Schedule
8:55-10:55 – Grade 7
10:55-1:15 – Grade 6
1:15-3:15 – Grade 8
Lunch\Breakfast Schedule
7:30-7:50 - Breakfast
12:05-12:35 - 1st Lunch
12:35-1:05 - 2nd Lunch
EARLY CHECKOUT/LEAVING SCHOOL
A Middle School student wishing to leave school early must be signed out in the office by a parent/guardian stating the reason and
time. ANY STUDENT WHO LEAVES CAMPUS WITHOUT PROPERLY SIGNING OUT MAY FACE DISCIPLINARY
ACTION and/or referral to School Social Worker.
After a student accumulates five (5) unexcused tardies/early check-outs, a letter shall be sent from the school (by the student)
to the parents/ guardians reminding the parents of State Attendance mandates and the local attendance policy.
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MOVING
It is important that families keep the office informed of any change of address or telephone numbers both at home and at work,
before a student transfers to another school from ICMS.
A student planning to withdraw needs to secure a withdrawal form from the school counselor.
Before records can be finally cleared and closed, students must have returned all books and paid all fines and monetary
obligations.
Any student who fails to withdraw properly will not receive recommendations, transcripts, etc., until he/she officially
completes the withdrawal requirements.
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HOSPITAL HOMEBOUND SERVICES
(HHB) O.C.G.A. 160-4-2-.31 (effective 11/24/09) – academic instruction and other services provided to eligible students who
are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods of time that would prevent normal school attendance based upon
certification of need by the licensed physician or licensed psychiatrist who is treating the student for the presenting diagnosis.
• HHB Services are available to students who need to be absent from school for a minimum of ten (10) consecutive days
because of a non-communicable disease or illness.
• HHB Services must be requested through the school office by the student and parent/guardian.
• A completed written medical referral form signed by a licensed physician or licensed psychiatrist who is currently treating the
student for the diagnosis presented must be submitted to the LEA for HHB services to be considered.
• Following approval of HHB services, a meeting will be required including the student, parent/guardian, administration, and all
classroom teachers to develop an Educational Service Plan (ESP), discuss services and expectations. The ESP shall include a
school re-entry plan.
• A student who is on the Hospital Homebound Program is counted present in school. Work is assigned by the classroom
teachers.
CAFETERIA
Jenelle Ellison, Manager
The school cafeteria serves breakfast and lunch. The cafeteria offers four lunch line selections. Lunch should be pre-paid weekly,
but may be paid daily. Students are permitted to buy juice or milkshakes along with their lunch.
Prices: Prices are subject to change. Should such prices change, a notification letter will be sent home.
Item
Reduced
Regular
Student
Additional
Adult
Visitor/ CarryOut
Breakfast
.30
1.20
1.20
1.25
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Lunch
.40
1.20
2.75
3.50
3.50
--
.35
--
--
--
Extra Milk
PROMOTION POLICY
Students who meet the following criteria at the end of the year will be eligible for promotion:
• Students may not fail more than one (1) academic class per year.
• Students must meet attendance guidelines.
In addition to afore mentioned requirements, Eighth Grade students must meet or exceed the state standard in Reading and
Math on the State mandated End of Year Testing in order to be promoted to the next grade. Students not meeting the state standard
on the State mandated End of Year Testing will be given an opportunity for accelerated, differentiated, or additional instruction
prior to a retesting opportunity. Students who do not achieve grade level scores on the second administration of the State
mandated End of Year Testing or who do not take the second administration will be retained.
GRADES
A student's report card, showing progress in each class, is prepared each period of the school year. The Irwin County grading scale
is as follows:
90-100
A - Excellent Achievement
80-89
B - Above Average Achievement
70-79
C - Average Achievement
0-69
F - Failure to Achieve
Grades will not be part of the ICMS discipline plan.
FINES AND FEES MUST BE CLEARED BEFORE STUDENTS RECEIVE THEIR REPORT CARD.
School Counselor
The school counselor is here to help students. A student may sign up for an appointment. A pass will then be sent to let the student
know when his/her appointment has been scheduled. Parents may want to talk with teachers or a counselor concerning grades,
adjustment problems, course requirements, or other areas of concern. They may make an appointment with the counselor by calling the
school.
HOMEWORK
It is our policy to give homework. It will not be so excessive as to interfere with normal activities at home. Please give 24 hours’
notice for homework to be gathered if a student has been absent for more than three (3) days. For absences less than three (3) days,
students are responsible for requesting assignments.
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Make-up Work
Students with excused absences must complete all makeup work within three (3) school days after returning unless the student has
been absent for an extended period of time. In this case, the teacher will set the deadline. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE
STUDENT TO REQUEST THE MAKE-UP WORK. If a student is on a school activity, the work must be made up to the time
specification of the teacher.
LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER
Dena Vassey
The Media Center is for the use of all students and staff for reading, studying, and research. Teachers may call extension 2516
or email the librarian in order to schedule whole class activities such as research or checkout. As the Media Center serves two
school populations, often two classes will be scheduled simultaneously, one for computer use and one for book checkout. Whole
class use will take precedence over individual student use. The librarian and media assistants are here to help students with their
research and reading needs; however, students are expected to learn how to use the library system and to keep up with their library
accounts online. Students are required to behave responsibly while entering or using the Media Center.
Media Center Operating Hours
Monday-Thursday
7:50-3:45
Friday
7:50-3:15
General regulations for Media Center Use and Enjoyment
1. Enter the Media Center quietly and orderly. Do not enter the Media Center unless you need to use the Media Center. The
Media Center is not a passageway. Use the breezeways and middle and high school hallways to navigate throughout the
building.
2. Students must have a pass in their tracker signed by their teacher in order to use the Media Center during a class period or
block; this includes homeroom or extended learning. A student cannot choose to go to the Media Center rather than report to
class. To do so is considered skipping class.
3. Students must sign in correctly at the circulation desk.
4. Students should be considerate of others by refraining from excessive talking.
5. The glassed-in room in the corner of the Media Center may be reserved for study groups.
6. No eating or drinking is allowed in the main room of the Media Center.
7. Students in violation of these regulations will be sent back to class. Repeated violations may result in loss of library privileges
unless the student is accompanied by a teacher.
Computers
There are several desktop computers and a class set of laptops available for student use in the Media Center. An additional
cart of 16 laptops is available for teacher checkout.
1. Scheduled classes have priority for computer use. Desktops are available for individual student use. If not reserved for a class,
the laptops may be available for individual student use within the Media Center.
2. Students may only use the Media Center computers for educational purposes.
3. There are two dedicated desktop computers: one for searching the library catalog and one for self-check in of books.
Circulation (Checking in and out materials)
1. The circulation desk is available for checking out materials, paying fines, and obtaining login information. Students should
check the circulation desk first.
2. Students must present their student ID cards to check out a book.
3. With written parental permission, middle school students may check out “high school only” books.
4. Students are responsible for returning books on or before the due date listed in their online library account (available by
logging into https://irwin.follettdestiny.com). E-books are also available for reading online or for checkout to personal
computing devices through Follett Destiny.
5. Students are responsible for checking in their own books. A self-check in station is provided for this purpose. Students
must:
a. Scan the library barcode on the book.
b. Check that the book title appears on the computer screen.
c. Place the book on the cart to be shelved.
d. If assistance is needed, please ask.
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6.
Students are responsible for all fines for books that are not properly checked in, even if the book is found in the Media
Center.
7. Fines for overdue books are 10 cents per school calendar day, per book, beginning with the first day the book is overdue. If
students return items on their first day back at school, fines will be waived for emergency-type excused absences. Students
who are aware of upcoming absences (field trips, etc.) should plan accordingly.
8. For student convenience, one username and password is used to log into the ICSS network, Follett Destiny, and Renaissance
Place (AR/STAR). The fine for excessive password request (more than two per year) is 25 cents per request.
9. Students are responsible for keeping up with their library materials. Lost or damaged materials must be paid for by the
student to whom the material was issued. Money paid for a lost item will be refunded if the item is found in good
condition within the same school year the fine was paid.
10. Any student owing a media fine will not be allowed to check out materials, use the library computers, or obtain his or her
report card until the matter is resolved.
LOCKERS
Each student is assigned a locker for storage of supplies when they are not in use. Lockers are school property and should not be
abused. Locker rental fee is $5 for the year. The locker and combination shall not be shared with another student. Students cannot
change lockers without the approval of the principal. The Administration reserves the right to search all lockers and students if, in
the opinion of the Administration, there may be articles in the student's possession that may be detrimental to the student or the
student body as a whole. All lockers and cars are subject to search by school officials at any time without prior notice.
FITNESSGRAM
As a result of Georgia House Bill 229 (also known as the SHAPE Act) all students in grades 1-12 will participate in a fitness
assessment. FITNESSGRAM was selected by the Georgia Department of Education because it measures only those areas of fitness
related to the health of students. The FITNESSGRAM Assessment does not compare your student to anyone else, nor does it measure
skill or athletic performance. Rather, it compares your student to health standards that have been established by researchers as the level
of fitness all students should reach in order to attain health benefits.
NO PASS - NO PARTICIPATE
The Irwin County Board of Education recognizes the importance of offering a comprehensive, balanced school program to all
students in the school system. The school system supports the academic curriculum by making available to students a series of
extracurricular activities. The Board approves the offering of extracurricular activities subject to reasonable rules and regulations
concerning eligibility to participate and subject to the provision that participation in such activities does not interfere with the academic
achievements of participating students.
Requirements: For students participating in extracurricular activities in grades 6-8:
1. For the purpose of this policy, the grading period will be a semester.
2. Eligibility for 1st semester activities will be based on the prior year’s guidelines.
3. Students participating in extracurricular activities may not fail more than 2 classes taken in the semester immediately
preceding participation.
4. All students participating in an extracurricular activity in grades 6-8 must take 5 academic subjects during the semester of
participation and 1 connection classes for a total of 6 classes.
5. All individual or group practice of interscholastic athletics for grades 6-8 must be conducted after the end of the 6-hour academic
school day.
6. Out-of-season group practice for all extracurricular activities in grades 6-8 is prohibited except for 15 days of spring practice for
football, which may include only an intra-squad game. Spring football practice may not conflict with any other spring sport or
final examinations.
7. Coaches, teachers, or sponsors of all extracurricular activities shall not require students to participate in any out-of- season program
(including summer) as a condition of school-year participation.
8. Students in grades 6-8 must be "on track" for grade promotion according to local promotion policies.
9. Retention of students for athletic purposes (red shirting) is prohibited.
10. Group practice for students in grades 6-8, for any extracurricular activity on a day preceding a school day, may not begin prior to
the end of the regular school day and must end by 7 p.m.
ALL INDIVIDUALS WHO PARTICIPATE IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS IN GRADES 6-8 MUST HAVE
AN ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMINATION BY A MEDICAL DOCTOR BEFORE PARTICIPATION IN ANY
PRACTICE. THE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION MUST BE ON FILE AT THE SCHOOL.
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IRWIN COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNCIL
The Georgia General Assembly approved House Bill No. 1187 during the year 2000 session. Part of this legislation includes
the establishment of School Councils in all public schools. The meeting times and dates for the Irwin County Middle School
Council will be announced in the local newspaper. The Irwin County Middle School Council will meet a minimum of four times
yearly.
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SPECIAL PROVISIONS
Special Education students must meet the eligibility requirements of regular students, except the courses passed must be according
to the student's IEP (Individualized Education Plan). This policy became effective beginning with 1987-88 school year, except as
noted.
Local boards of education are authorized to allow schools within their jurisdiction to join the Georgia High School Association for
the purpose of formulating and enforcing uniform rules of eligibility and play. Nothing shall be deemed to authorize the use of
state or local tax dollars for membership in GHSA.
PUBLICATION OF STUDENT IMAGES
Students may be photographed, videotaped, or interviewed by news media or school officials at school or at a school activity or
event and such photographs, interviews, and videotapes may be published, including Internet publication. Any parent or guardian who
objects to his or her student being photographed, videotaped, or interviewed, must present that objection in writing to the principal of
the school within 10 days after the student’s enrollment date.
STUDENT DRESS CODE
The standards of appearance for pupils shall ensure that the pupils are clean, neat, and properly dressed. They shall observe
modes of dress, style of hair, and standards of personal grooming in conformity with the studious atmosphere necessary in school,
and within the operational guidelines set forth by the Irwin County Board of Education. The Administration reserves the right
to add or delete from the student dress code at any time in order to stay abreast with styles.
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Hairstyles must conform to acceptable grooming styles and standards, which are basically concerned with moderation, cleanliness,
and are non-disruptive by nature to the learning environment. This includes, but is not limited to, extreme hair lengths, noticeable
and disruptive hair designs that include rubber bands, or styles deemed to be a personal health hazard.
Proper and acceptable undergarments must be worn at all times and in a manner not to be seen.
Shirts must be buttoned up appropriately and sleeveless shirts must cover shoulders.
Suspenders, if worn, must be worn properly.
Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times.
Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee, front and back.
Jewelry and other costume items must be worn in an appropriate manner and under the approval of the administration.
All pants must be worn at the top of the hipbone or the natural waistline which is one inch below the navel.
THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE:
1. Clothing or jewelry that advertises drugs, tobacco, or alcoholic beverages.
2. Clothing or jewelry that bears pictures, patches, or wording that is vulgar, distasteful, offensive, or suggestive.
3. Tank tops, fishnet shirts, halter tops, strapless, or spaghetti-string tops or dresses, muscle shirts, or shirts that show bare midriffs.
Any see-through clothing is unacceptable.
4. Dresses or tops showing cleavage.
5. Leotards, sweat pants, or pants and/or skirts/dresses that are too tight.
6. Headbands, hats, caps, picks, bandanas, combs, sunglasses, and hair rollers. Habitual violators will have these items confiscated.
Any hats worn inside the building will be confiscated.
7. Bare feet and bedroom shoes.
8. Clothing bearing holes or tears. Pants or jeans may not have any holes or tears above the knee.
9. Sagging pants, pajama bottoms, coveralls, or jumpsuits.
10. Coats or jackets that fall below the knee.
11. No visible body piercings for any student with the exception of earrings. No earrings for boys.
12. Chains that could possibly be used as a weapon. Examples: wallets with chains, dog chains, etc.
13. Shorts that do not meet the dress code may not be worn. Shorts must be no higher than 3 inches above the top of the knee, front
and back, and must be decent when seated.
14. Short shirts that come to the belt line, but not long enough to tuck in or shirts that rise up when a student is seated.
A student will be asked to return home and change clothes if found to be in violation of this dress code or if the administration deems
the mode of dress inappropriate for a school setting. If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, a dress code violation T-shirt will be
issued for the student to wear for the remainder of the day. The dress code will be strictly enforced.
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STUDENT EXPECTATIONS IN THE CLASSROOM
Be prompt to class.
Be prepared for class. Bring needed supplies.
Follow directions. Each teacher will establish academic and behavior expectations for his/her classroom. Students are
expected to adjust to different teacher expectations.
Be courteous. Use appropriate language.
Be neat in your appearance. Appropriate clothing is expected at all times.
You are expected to complete and turn in all assignments on time. If you are absent, be sure to make arrangements to make up
missed work. (3 days)
You need a hall pass from your teacher or support staff to be out of class.
If you need assistance or help, be sure to see your teacher, your counselor or an administrator.
We are committed to teaching the other three “R”s: Responsibility, Respect and Personal Regard. We can best accomplish
this goal by working together as a team. Our expectations are high, but we believe that ICMS students are capable of meeting
them.
TEXTBOOKS
Textbooks are loaned free of charge to all students. Books will be checked for damage beyond normal wear and tear at the end of
the school year. Students are expected to pay for lost or damaged books. Students who lose or damage a book should plan to buy a new
one if more than five (5) school days go by without the book being found. A refund will be issued if the book is later found. All
textbook fines must be cleared before promotion to next grade and\or enrollment.
TRANSPORTATION
Riding the school bus is a privilege given to students that can be withheld at any time for disruptive, unsafe, or unsatisfactory
conduct. All students are subject to jurisdiction of the school while traveling to and from school. If a bus is delayed for any reason,
students should remain at their bus stop. Another bus will be sent to pick students up. NO BALLOONS OR GLASS CONTAINERS
OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED ON BUSES.
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TELEPHONE: A student must have a note from a teacher to use the phone.
DISPLAY OF SIGNS: All signs must be approved by the administration.
FIELD TRIPS: Students must have parent and administrative approval in writing. Students failing 2 or more classes will not be
allowed to attend field trips unless approved by an administrator. Students missing more that 5 days of school will not be
allowed to attend field trips unless approved by an administrator.
BOOK BAGS
Book bags can be an invaluable tool for students to use in transporting books to and from school. Book bags also can be a
security risk. Irwin County Middle School allows book bags to be brought to school, however a student must leave the bag in
his/her locker during the school day No rolling book bags will be allowed on the ICMS campus unless a medical excuse has
been received by administration. Pocketbooks or any other bags fall into the same category as book bags and should be left in
the student’s locker during the school day. This policy is for the safety and welfare of all faculty, staff and students at ICMS.
Habitual violators of this policy will have their book bag/pocketbook confiscated and a parent conference will be required for the bag or
pocketbook to be returned.
DISPENSING MEDICATIONS
All medications will be dispensed through the Nurse’s office. Medication will only be dispensed with written permission and
instructions either from the parent/guardian or physician. All medications must be kept in the original container with proper
identification, and should be brought to the office immediately upon arrival on campus. Students should not keep any medicine with
them, except asthma inhalers as deemed necessary by student’s doctor or school nurse.
HONOR ROLL REQUIREMENTS
ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL - Students must make a grade of 90 or above in each academic subject per each nine weeks to be
eligible for the academic honor roll. Academic subjects include math, science, social studies, reading and language arts. Connections
classes are not included for academic honor roll.
MERIT HONOR ROLL - In order for a student to be eligible for Merit Honor Roll, the student must achieve a grade of 85 or
above in each academic class taken per each nine weeks. Classes include math, science, language arts, reading and social studies.
Connection classes are not included for Merit Honor Roll.
ICMS Honor’s Night will be held the next to last Thursday of the school year.
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GIFTED EDUCATION
In order for a student to qualify for the gifted program, three of the four categories below must be met:
1. Mental Ability - 96 percentile
2. Achievement - 90 percentile on total battery or total math or total reading
3. Creativity - Standardized test-90 percentile total battery or three or more school generated products/performances with a score
of 90 or above on a scale of 1-100
4. Motivation - GPA at or above 3.5(on a 4.0 scale) over the previous two years or standardized motivational
5. rating scale with a score of 90 or above on a scale of 1-100
Students in grades K-12 in the Irwin County School District who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual, academic and/or
creative ability are provided with special instructional services by the Program for Gifted Students. Eligibility criteria for placement are
determined by the State Board of Education. Referrals for consideration for eligibility for gifted services may be made by teachers,
counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self and other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities.
For a summary of eligibility criteria or for further information about Irwin County’s Program for Gifted students, please contact the
gifted education teacher(s) at your child’s school or Dr. Stacie Marsh, system Gifted Program Coordinator at 468-7485. The Irwin
County School System Gifted Manual is also available on the Irwin County School System website.
JUNIOR BETA
A Junior Beta member must be a good citizen in the community and in the school as well as maintain a good moral character.
They must also exhibit a good caring relationship with fellow students and be willing to work on community projects. According
to National Beta Club Constitution and By Laws, all students must perform on or above grade level.
All seventh and eighth grade Jr. Beta members will be expected to attend state conference in the fall. A fall fundraiser will be
held and if they choose to participate their cost for state conference will be reduced.
Seventh graders must have a 90 academic average at the end of the first semester. A student having a 90 academic average
will be invited to become a member of Jr. Beta. A student who has an 89.6 average will not be invited into Jr. Beta. At the end of
each 9 weeks, GPA’s will be checked and any student not maintaining an average of 90 will be dropped from Beta. There will be
NO probation.
Eighth graders must maintain a 90 academic average at all times. Seventh and Eighth grade semester averages will be divided
by 3. At the end of each 9 weeks, GPA’s will be checked and any student not maintaining a 90 average will be dropped from Beta.
VISITORS ON CAMPUS
All visitors must first report to the office to sign in. No visitors are allowed on campus without obtaining permission and
being issued an official visitor's pass. Students are not allowed to bring other students from another school as a visitor to spend the
school day.
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS
Students who have progressed to middle school level should conduct themselves properly. The school, however, must identify and
communicate to the students and the parents what is acceptable behavior and what in unacceptable behavior, as well as the
consequences these bring.
Irwin County Middle School has defined and shaped desirable behavior within a code of conduct/discipline policy as mandated by
Georgia Code Section 160-4-8-15. The code of conduct/discipline policy specifies behavior that is accepted or prohibited in the school
as well as in any settings that are related to the school including, but not limited to school bus, athletic events, field trips, fairs, and other
school-related functions. Our code of conduct/disciplinary policy is reviewed yearly by a committee of teachers and parents to
determine appropriateness of the policy and make suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the policy.
In accordance with O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.5(c), any student who engages in off-campus behavior which could result in the
student being criminally charged with a felony and which makes the student’s continued presence at school a potential danger to
persons or property at the school or which disrupts the educational process shall be disciplined at the discretion of the principal or
his designee and may range from ISS, Long-term suspension, or expulsion.
The acts which must be reported to law enforcement officials include certain criminal offenses under Georgia law including
aggravated battery, carrying deadly weapons at public gatherings, possession/use and/or sale/transfer of marijuana or illegal drugs, and
certain sexual offenses. Parents and guardians are encouraged to inform their children on the consequences, including potential
criminal penalties, of underage sexual conduct and crimes for which a minor can be tried as an adult.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Irwin County Middle School expects certain behaviors from our students. But we do not assume that all students have had
sufficient instruction and practice in utilizing particular character traits related to misbehavior. Our goal is to make sure that codes are
written in clear and concise language so that students and parents understand the expectations, and teachers and administrators
responsible for administering them can act swiftly and with authority. These behaviors are:
• Demonstrate respect for self and others.
• Demonstrate courtesy to others. Use appropriate language.
• Behave in a responsible manner.
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Attend class regularly.
Be prepared for class. Bring necessary supplies.
Take the course of study seriously. Be on time for class, follow all teacher directions, and complete all assigned work on time.
Teachers, administrators, and tutors are available for extra help if students are having difficulties in class. Ask for help.
• Dress appropriately. Be neat in your appearance.
• Cooperate with school officials.
Irwin County Middle School focuses on the students’ development of the following character traits: courage, patriotism,
citizenship, honesty, fairness, respect for others, kindness, cooperation, tolerance, diligence, generosity, punctuality, cleanliness,
cheerfulness, school pride, respect for the environment, respect for the creator, patience, creativity, sportsmanship, loyalty,
perseverance, compassion, courtesy, self-control, self-respect and virtue.
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Each academic grade will establish a specific behavior process for the students. This process should be followed before a student
is referred to the office.
CHRONIC DISCIPLINARY PROBLEM STUDENTS (20-2-765)
Students that have exhibited behaviors that repeatedly interfere with the teacher’s ability to conduct his or her class in an
effective manner, interferes with the learning process of others or continually creates an unsafe environment for other students may
be identified as being a chronic disciplinary problem. Students falling in this category must be placed on a Disciplinary and
Behavioral Correction Plan that may include any or all of the following:
1. Referral to Student Support Team
2. Administrative conference with parents and student
3. Referral to school counseling services
4. In-School Suspension assignment (or additional days as needed)
5. Possible referral for psychological testing
6. Possible referral to Student Disciplinary Tribunal for placement in Alternative School
7. Police may be notified
Disciplinary action will be determined by considering a number of factors, including student’s discipline history, degree of
premeditation, impulse, or self-defense, age, disability, and cooperation/remorse. These steps are taken in addition to the fivestep process set forth for the academic team.
HOUSE BILL NO. 605
Under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. & 20-2-738) a “teacher shall have the authority, consistent with local board policy, to manage
his or her classroom, discipline students, and refer a student to the principal or the principal’s designee to maintain discipline in the
classroom.” A teacher also has the authority to remove from his or her classroom a student who repeatedly or substantially
interferes with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student’s
classmates to learn, where the student’s behavior is in violation of the Code of Conduct. Should a teacher, exercising this
authority, remove a student from class, the principal or a placement review committee will determine the proper temporary and
permanent placement for the student. This process may take up to three days. Parents will be notified whenever a teacher
exercises his or her authority to remove a student from class.
HOUSE BILL NO. 1321
Education; alleged inappropriate behavior by teacher or school personnel; provisions. This bill addresses falsified reports of
inappropriate behavior of educators toward students, establishes a complaint procedure, requires notice of the procedure in teacher
and student handbooks, provides for statements to the media, and provides penalties for students who falsify reports.
Requirements:
• Student codes of conduct must add falsifying, omitting or erroneously reporting information regarding alleged inappropriate
behavior of school personnel toward a student.
• PSC must establish a state mandated process for students to report such claims, the process must reserve the right of the students to
report to law enforcement, and the bill requires publishing the process in teacher and student handbooks.
• If the report is deemed unsubstantiated, the LEA shall, at the request of the employee, submit a written statement to that effect to
the media outlets that previously reported the claim.
• A student over 10 years old who falsely reports with malice can be punished by:
o Court ordered community service, or any other court sanction;
o Suspension or expulsion from the school system; or
o Both court and school penalties.
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DISCIPLINE POLICY (20-2-751)
Bill summary from the State: Consequences and punishments for unacceptable behaviors are specified in a progressive discipline
policy. This discipline policy is necessary in order to maintain a safe environment in which every child can learn. Unacceptable
behaviors WILL NOT BE TOLERATED and will result in age-appropriate corrective action as specified in the discipline policy
below. Students will also engage in character-building activities that will help to develop those traits necessary to avoid future behavior
violations.
LUNCH DETENTION
Students will be assigned lunch detention for some behaviors. Students will be in lunch detention room from the beginning of their
respective lunch time until the end of that lunch. Student will be advised at least one day before the assignment by principal. Student
will eat a boxed lunch prepared by lunchroom staff.
IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION
The Irwin County Middle/High School provides a program for students who cannot function in a regular classroom because of
behavior problems. The program is to be operated in a strict, rigidly disciplined environment. Any student accumulating more than15
days ISS may be referred to Student Disciplinary Tribunal for possible placement in the Alternative School. More information may be
obtained from the office.
IN SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE
Students will improve the looks of the campus by picking up trash, erasing graffiti, or helping with lunchroom cleanup during school
time.
SATURDAY SCHOOL
Saturday School will meet as needed on a designated Saturdays for students that have chronic discipline problems in an effort to
avert placement in alternative school. In that effort, students that have been assigned ISS for three separate times will be placed in
Saturday School for the next available monthly Saturday School meeting. Saturday School will begin at 8:30 am. and end at 11:30 am.
Students will be supervised by no fewer than three teachers and one administrator for each Saturday. Students will be involved in
community services type projects that may include campus cleanup, classroom cleanup, and or other campus beautification projects as
determined by Principal. Student must be present at 8:30 am of the assigned date. Parent must contact Principal in case of emergency
circumstances so that another date may be assigned. Parents are solely responsible for transportation of all students at drop off and for
pick up. If a student is absent from Saturday school without his/her parent making prior communication with Principal, then that student
will be considered as skipping and will be out of school suspension (OSS) for one day. Any student that skips Saturday school will be
reassigned Saturday School for the next available meeting and all rules apply as for the first scheduling of Saturday School.
SCHOOL SUSPENSION
Following any suspension from school, a parent conference may be held prior to the student being readmitted to class. Makeup
work is not allowed for home suspensions. STUDENTS SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.
ADMINISTRATIVE PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE PROCESS
Guiding Principles
Each incident of inappropriate behavior is unique in terms of situational variables. Similarly, disciplinary action will reflect
consideration of a number of factors specific to the student involved in the misbehavior. Inappropriate behaviors are followed by
consequences and are substituted with those behaviors that are consistent with the 27 Georgia character traits. Parents are viewed as
integral partners when addressing students’ misbehavior. Students, who engage in continual minor acts of misconduct, as well as those
who engage in even a single act of more serious misconduct, are considered candidates for the school’s Student Support Process.
Disciplinary action shall be in compliance with policies approved by our local school board and due process required by federal
and state law will be followed.
Students that are referred to the Principal's office at ICMS will be subject to the stated policy below. Administrative policy and
procedures may change as deemed necessary.
LEVEL 1 OFFENSES
Minor acts of misconduct, which interfere with the orderly functioning of the school day.
1. NOT TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS\CLASSWORK
• 1st – Classroom Discipline Policy. Parents should be notified.
• 2nd – Classroom Discipline Policy. If this becomes a habitual problem, a parent conference will be required.
• 3rd and on – Could result in Administrative or Connections Detention. Parent will be notified.
2. DISRUPTING OR MISBEHAVIOR AT ASSEMBLY
• 1st – 2 days lunch detention. Parents contacted.
• 2nd – 4 days ISS. Parents contacted.
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DRESS CODE VIOLATION
• Discipline for any dress code violation: Opportunity to correct dress by calling parent or by wearing dress code violation
t-shirt if appropriate. Any time away from class will be unexcused and any assignment missed will not be allowed to
be made up. Third time violators of the three (3) inch shorts/skirts rule will not be allowed to wear shorts/skirts for
the remainder of the semester.
GUM CHEWING
• Each teacher should use his/her individual rules in dealing with students who chew gum.
HORSEPLAYING/ROUGHHOUSING
• 1st – 1 day lunch detention Parents may be contacted. Teacher should handle.
• 2nd - Subsequent episodes will be referred to the office where administrator will assign punishment not limited to
detention, Saturday School, or ISS
RADIOS, MP3 PLAYERS, GAMES, CAMERAS, TOYS, LASER POINTERS, HEAD PHONES, ETC.
• Not allowed at school unless the Team Leader or Administrator grants permission. No camera use on campus is ever
permitted without prior approval. This is a violation of privacy laws. Any item brought without permission will be
confiscated for five school days.
LEVEL II OFFENSES
Intermediate acts of misconduct, which may require administrative intervention.
1. CHEATING
• Cheating of any kind will result in 2 days ISS or another form of punishment deemed appropriate by the student’s teacher
and school administrator. A “0” will be given for the test grade when a student is found cheating on a test.
2. DISRUPTING CLASS OR DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR (ANYTIME ON CAMPUS)
• 1st – 2 days lunch detention.
• 2nd – 2 days ISS; parents notified.
• 3rd – 4 days ISS; parent conference required before student returns to school.
3. DAMAGING SCHOOL PROPERTY (G.A.20-2-753)
• Restitution and clean up if accidental; intentional damage will result in restitution or ISS; parents and police may be
notified.
4. OBSCENE LANGUAGE/GESTURES/RACIAL SLURS
• 1st – 2 days lunch detention.
• 2nd – 2 days ISS
• 3rd- 4 days ISS; Parent conference required.
5. PUBLIC AFFECTION
• 1st – Warning. Parents contacted.
• 2nd – 2 days lunch detention. Parents contacted
• 3rd – 2 days ISS. Parent conference required.
• A more severe punishment may be given depending on the circumstances.
6. SKIPPING SCHOOL
• 1st – Parents and police notified; one day ISS for each period missed up to 3 periods; 3 days ISS for missing more than 3
periods.
• 2nd – 5 days ISS; parent conference required before student returns.
• 3rd – Student may be assigned up to 10 days at ISS, parent conference required; Behavior Contract signed by students,
parents, and school officials.
LEVEL III OFFENSES
Serious acts of misconduct requiring referral to Administration
1) ARGUING OR THREATENING ANOTHER STUDENT(SUCH AS THREATENING TO BRING A KNIFE OR GUN
TO SCHOOL) / CAUSING DISRUPTION TO THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT / VERBAL ASSAULT /
DISRESPECTFUL CONDUCT TOWARDS OTHER STUDENTS (G.A. 10-2-751.5)
1st – 2 days ISS. Parents notified.
2nd – 4 days ISS. Parents notified. Parent conference required.
3rd – 6 days ISS. Parent conference required. May be referred to Student Disciplinary Tribunal for possible placement in
Alternative School. More ISS time may be given, or other punishment deemed necessary by Principal.
2) COMPUTER MISUSE
Users are expected to exercise responsible behavior when on the Internet. Responsible behavior includes, but is not limited to
the following: being courteous, following rules established by other groups on the Internet, using the Internet as a resource tool,
avoiding inappropriate language and obscene material and staying on task. Logging in under another person’s ID is a form of
stealing and will be treated as such. Punishment will be 2 days ISS.
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Damaging a computer intentionally (removing keys from keyboard, removing the ball from the mouse, or any other
intentional damage) will result in a minimum of 5 days ISS or home suspension. Restitution or a plan of repayment will be
required before the student returns to school. Police may be notified and a parent conference is required. Use of Internet to view or
disseminate obscene material will result in termination of student’s Internet use and further discipline as deemed necessary by
Administration. Students will receive a copy of the Irwin County Internet Policy. Students and parents will be required to sign an
Internet Permission Form.
DESTROYING OR DAMAGING STUDENT, TEACHER, SCHOOL OFFICIAL, OR SCHOOL EMPLOYEE’S
PROPERTY (Intentional) (20-2-753)
1st – 2 days ISS. Restitution required. Parents contacted.
2nd – 4 days ISS. Restitution required. Parents contacted.
3rd – 6 days ISS. Restitution required. Parent conference. Police may be notified.
Substantial damage caused on school premises will result in ISS assignment, referral to Student Disciplinary Tribunal.
DISRESPECTFUL CONDUCT, VERBAL ASSAULT, THREATENING, OR EXTREME PROFANITY OR DEFIANT
BEHAVIOR TOWARD SCHOOL OFFICIALS.
(INSUBORDINATION) (G.A. 20-2-751.5)
2 days ISS will be given for minor offenses. Flagrant disrespect will automatically carry a penalty of 10 days at ISS. A parent
conference is required before the student returns to school. Students may be referred to the Student Disciplinary Tribunal.
Police may be called.
FIRE ALARM – INTENTIONAL – Will be reported to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
1st – 2 days ISS.
2nd – Referred to Student Disciplinary Tribunal; Student will remain in ISS until Tribunal convenes.
BULLYING: (G.A. 20-2-751.4)
A STUDENT SHALL NOT BULLY ANOTHER STUDENT.
1st Offense- Administrative referral, parent contacted, assignment to ISS (number of days determined by severity of offense).
2nd Offense- Assigned to ISS (number of days determined by severity of offense).
3rd Offense- Upon the 3rd offense during the school year, a student shall be assigned placement in the Alternative School.
Discipline for any act of bullying shall be within the discretion of the principal, which may range from a reprimand to out-ofschool suspension. However, upon a finding that a student in grades 6 through 12 has committed the offense of bullying for the
third time in a school year, at minimum the student shall be assigned to an Alternative Education Program.
In accordance with O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.4, it is the policy of the Irwin County Board of Education that bullying of a
student by another student is prohibited.
O.C.G.A. 20-2-751.4: As used in this Code section, the term 'bullying' means an act which occurs on school property, on
school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities, or by use of data or software that is
accessed through a computer, computer system, computer network, or other electronic technology of a local school system, that is:
(1) Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so;
(2) Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm;
(3) Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to threaten,
harass, or intimidate, that:
(a) Causes another person substantial physical harm within the meaning of Code Section 16-5-23.1 or visible bodily
harm as such term is defined in Code Section 16-5-23.1;
(b) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education;
(c) Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening
(d) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
The parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a student upon a finding by a school administrator that
such student has committed an offense of bullying or is a victim of bullying will be notified (New HB, 6/10).
ELECTRONIC DEVICES: CELLULAR DEVICES
Georgia State Law (OCGA 20-1183) prohibits the possession and use of all cellular and communication devices during
instructional hours. Instructional hours are defined by ICMS as 7:45 am to 3:15 pm.
1st Offense and Subsequent offenses: Device confiscated; may be returned at end of period or school day. If a student
refuses to hand over cell phone or other electronic device, teacher will call administrator who will take device from student.
Parent must pick up device from administrator. If an administrator takes up device because of student refusal to comply,
the administrator will not return device to student.
TOBACCO, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, CIGARETTE LIGHTER AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
Use of tobacco and/or a tobacco product by students on school property or at school functions is prohibited.
1st – 2 days ISS. Parents contacted.
2nd – 4 days ISS. Parent conference required.
3rd – 6 days ISS. Parent conference required.
2 additional days of ISS added for each subsequent occurrence.
STUDENTS LEAVING CAMPUS WITHOUT PERMISSION (RUNAWAYS)
Any student leaving campus without permission will be considered a runaway. The following actions will be taken:
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1st offense – 5 days ISS, parents contacted and police notified.
2nd offense –Referred to Student Disciplinary Tribunal for possible placement in Alternative School; student will remain in ISS
until Tribunal convenes; parents and police notified.
LEVEL IV OFFENSES
The most serious acts of misconduct that require immediate referral to Principal and may require use of outside agencies and
law enforcement. Criminal penalties may be imposed.
1) EXTORTION
Any student who threatens or otherwise uses extortion against another student for payment of money or property will face severe
penalties including ISS, referral to Student Disciplinary Tribunal and being reported to the police.
2) VERBAL ASSAULT OR DISRESPECTFUL CONDUCT TOWARDS PERSONS ATTENDING SCHOOL RELATED
FUNCTIONS (G.A. 20-2-751.5)
2 days ISS will be given for minor offenses. Flagrant disrespect will automatically carry a penalty of 10 days at ISS. A parent
conference is required before the student returns to school. Students may be referred to the Student Disciplinary Tribunal. Police
may be called.
3) FIGHTING/PHYSICAL ASSAULT OR BATTERY OF OTHER STUDENTS (G.A. 20-2-751.5)
1st – 8 days ISS. Parent conference required.
2nd – 8 days ISS. Parent conference required. Student may be referred to the Student Disciplinary Tribunal. Juvenile Complaint
will be filed.
3rd – 10 days ISS and referral to Student Disciplinary Tribunal for Alternative School placement. Juvenile Complaint will be
filed.
Police may be called on any fight with the student(s) being taken to the police station and a fine levied by the police
department.
4) POSSESSION OF “FIRE CRACKERS” OR EXPLOSIVE DEVICES
1st - 5 days ISS and parent conference.
2nd - OSS and referral to Student Disciplinary Tribunal.
5) SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Administration and/or Law Enforcement will investigate any accusation of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment shall be defined
as physically touching another student inappropriately, making sexual or lewd remarks, or any other overt sexual act. Following
investigation, the administration will determine appropriate punishment. Juvenile complaints may also be filed.
6) PHYSICAL ASSAULT OR BATTERY OF PERSONS ATTENDING SCHOOL FUNCTIONS (G.A. 20-2-751.5)
1st – 8 days ISS. Parent conference required.
2nd – 8 days ISS. Parent conference required. Student may be referred to the Student Disciplinary Tribunal. Juvenile Complaint
will be filed.
3rd – 10 days ISS and referral to Student Disciplinary Tribunal for Alternative School placement. Juvenile Complaint will be
filed.
Police may be called on any fight with the student(s) being taken to the police station and a fine levied by the police
department
7) SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Administration or law enforcement will investigate any accusation of sexual
misconduct.
Following the investigation, school administration will determine disciplinary
action based on the severity of the
offense. Upon completing a thorough investigation, the administration may issue one or more of the following
consequences: ISS/Isolation placement, OSS placement, Referral to disciplinary tribunal or Criminal charges.
8) POSSESSION AND/OR USE OF DRUGS AND/OR ALCOHOL ON SCHOOL GROUNDS OR AT SCHOOLRELATED FUNCTIONS.
10 days ISS with a referral to the Student Disciplinary Tribunal for placement in Alternative School. Police notified. Parent
conference required. Completion of 8 sessions of extensive drug awareness education is required. Possible DFACS referral.
9) STEALING
Stealing is a serious offense, and students that are guilty will be dealt with severely. Police may be called and students placed in
ISS or referred to Student Disciplinary Tribunal for placement in Alternative School depending on the circumstances. Restitution is
always required. Parent conference required. ICMS is not responsible for any lost or stolen money or items.
10) PHYSICAL ASSAULT OR BATTERY OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES: TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, OR ANY
OTHER SCHOOL PERSONNEL (G.A. 20-2-751.5)
ISS until Student Disciplinary Tribunal is held. Police report will be filed on first offense. Acts of physical violence resulting in
substantial physical injury to a teacher will result in out-of-school suspension for remainder of semester. May be placed in
Alternative School the following semester. A Juvenile Complaint will be filed.
11) WEAPONS AND/OR DANGEROUS OBJECTS/DETONATION OF EXPLOSIVES.
10 days ISS with a referral to the Student Disciplinary Tribunal. Police, Superintendent, and District Attorney will be
notified. Parent conference required. Razors are considered weapons.
ALL DISCIPLINE POLICIES ARE SUBJECT TO PRINCIPAL’S DISCRETION AND MAY BE CHANGED AS
NEEDED.
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12) WEAPONS LAW (G.A. 20-2-751.1)
The presence of weapons on school property is detrimental to the welfare and safety of students and school personnel, and
is in violation of state law and the Gun-Free School Act (part of the improving American’s Schools Act of 1994), public law
102-382.
No student shall carry, possess or have under his or her control while within a school safety zone or at a school building,
school function, or school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school any weapon or explosive
compound, including fireworks. The use of any dangerous or disruptive item is prohibited such as bullet, pellet, or etc.
a) “School Safety Zone” means in, on, or within 1,000 feet of the land used by the Irwin County Educational Center,
Elementary School, Middle School or High School.
b) “Weapon” means and includes any pistol revolver, rifle, shotgun, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile
or any kind, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife, straight-edge razor, razor blade,
spring stick, metal knucks, blackjack, any bat, club, or of the bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting
of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as nun
chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two
points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or
oriental dart, or any weapon of like kind, and any stun gun, laser or other device that is powered by electrical charging
units such as batteries and emits an electrical charge in excess of 20,000 volts or is otherwise capable of incapacitating a
person by an electrical charge, or mace or pepper gas or other object which may be used to injure or harm another.
Nor may any student possess, handle, carry or have under his control any replica of weapons described above.
c) The term “weapon” shall not apply to
i) Baseball bats or other sports equipment possessed by competitors for legitimate athletic purposes;
ii) Participants in sport shooting events or firearm training courses authorized, conducted or sponsored by the Irwin
County School Board;
iii) Students participating in military training programs conducted by or on behalf of the armed forces of the United
States or the Georgia department of Defense such as R.O.T.C or J.R.O.T.C. programs.
d) The Gun-Free Schools Act requires the Local Board policy to include the following.
i) Penalty: Expulsion for not less than one calendar year.
ii) Allows the Chief School Administrator (Superintendent) to modify the one-year expulsion requirement on a case-bycase basis;
iii) Must refer to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system any student who brings a weapon to school or
violates the policy. (Must be consistent with section 14602).
Legal Ref. G.A. 16-11-106; 16-11-127.1, 20-2-1184 (Ga. Laws 1990, Vol. I, p. 1834) Goals 2000, Educate America Act, P.
L. 103-227.
DUE PROCESS
Any student who has been arrested, charged or found guilty of a misdemeanor or any unlawful act which occurs on or off campus
at any time of the year, shall be subject to due process with a hearing before the Irwin County Board of Education. Due process will
include the appropriate hearings and reviews. In all cases the rights of individuals will be ensured and protected. LEA: JC
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (G.A.20-2-735)
Safe, orderly, high-achieving schools do not happen automatically. They require the collaboration and support of students,
staff, parents, and the community. In order for our discipline policy to be fair and effective, we need the commitment from our
community to support our policies. We include parents in an annual spring review and updating of our Code of
Conduct/Discipline Policy to determine if corrections, additions or deletions are necessary.
Our Parent Involvement Coordinator plans and implements parent workshops on child discipline and character building. She
has also created a section in the parent resource center on parenting and disciplining children. She is also our contact person to
make home visits if the parents cannot be contacted by phone or mail.
Before each school year begins, we host an open house during which the code of conduct is reviewed. On the first day of
school, each classroom teacher reads the handbook aloud to the students. The students must then return a signed statement that
they and their parents have read, discussed and understand the guidelines of the Code of Conduct/Discipline Policy. These forms
are kept on file.
Teachers are expected to maintain contact with all their parents through letters, phone calls, and progress notes. For those
students who have consistent behavior problems, parental contacts will be more frequent and well documented to keep parents
informed of their child’s school behavior. These contacts shall include notes home, phone calls, and conferences.
Parents of those students requiring administrative intervention for misbehavior will be contacted as specified in the Discipline
Policy. Parent conferences will be called when necessary at the request of the school or the parents.
BEHAVIOR SUPPORT PROCESS (G.A. 20-2-1183)
Some students need services beyond what a regular classroom teacher can provide. Additional behavior support services for
these students are available in our school or community and will be provided to help the students make better, more positive
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behavior choices.
The Student Support Team is an individualized group made up of parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, or resource
teachers who work with each child and meet regularly to offer suggestions for improving the student’s behavior. Other in-school
services may be recommended by the team, including school counseling services, referral for psychological testing, discipline
contracts, and modifications in the classroom, which would allow the student to improve his/her behavior.
Community-based services are also available including Behavioral Health Services.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
Parents or eligible students have the right to the following:
• Inspect and review education records.
• Request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise
in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.
• Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except when
requested by a government agency. Identifiable information contains the following: student name, a parent name,
address, personal identifier, list of personal characteristics or information that would make the student’s identity traceable.
• Complaints can be filed with the U.S. Department of Education. Copy of the FERPA can be reviewed in the principal’s
office. (E: 28.3)
If you do not want the Irwin County School District to disclose directory information from your child’s education records
without prior written consent, you must notify the school administration in writing within (5) days of receiving this handbook.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR STUDENTS/PARENTS
Students/Parents are entitled to a grievance procedure to deal with a claim that is allegedly caused by a misinterpretation,
violation or inequitable application of students’ rights. A student/parent must report a grievance in writing to the principal within
five (5) days of the incident and/or suspension. The principal will render a written decision to all parties involved within ten (10)
days after receiving the grievance. A student may appeal the principal’s decision to the superintendent and then to the board of
education.
AMENDMENTS
During the school year it may become necessary to change or add to the policies, rules and regulations found in this handbook.
The principal, the superintendent, and the board of education, reserve the right to amend or modify the policies, rules and
regulations at any time.
If situations occur which are not covered in this handbook, the principal will make decisions based on the merits of the
individual situation. The primary purpose of these policies, rules and regulations is to foster a safe atmosphere conducive to
learning and to increase student responsibility at Irwin County Middle School.
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY FOR IRWIN COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM
Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, age or national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of
1964); sex (Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and Title II of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act of 1984);
or disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and American Disabilities Act (ADA), P.L. 101336) in educational
programs or activities receiving federal assistance. Employees, students and the general public are hereby notified that the Irwin
County Board Education does not discriminate in any educational programs or activities or in employment policies.
State law prohibits discrimination based on gender in athletic programs of local school systems (Equity in Sports Acts,
O.C.G.A. 20-2-315). Students are hereby notified that Irwin County local school system does not discriminate on the basis of
gender in its athletic programs. The sports equity coordinator for this school system is: Dr. Emethel Mizell 210 Apple St., Ocilla,
GA 31774 or call 229-468-9510. Inquiries or complaints concerning sports equity in this school system may be submitted to the
sports equity coordinator.
The following individuals have been designated as the employees responsible for coordinating the system’s effort to
implement this nondiscrimination policy:
Title VI B - Mrs. Dr. Stacie Howard, 229-468-9510
Title II - Dr. Thad Clayton, 229-468-7485
Title IX Sports Equity. - Dr. Emethel Mizell, 229-468-9510
Homeless Liaison - Dr. Emethel Mizell, 229-468-9510
ADA- Mrs. Dr. Stacie Howard, 229-468-9510
Section 504- Dr. Stacie Howard, 229-468-9510
Inquiries concerning the application of Title II, Title VI, Title IX, section 504, and ADA to the policies and practices of the
board may be addressed to the Irwin County Board of Education, P.O. Box 225, Ocilla, Georgia 31774; to the Regional Office for
Civil Rights, Atlanta, Georgia 30323; or to the Director, Office of Civil Rights, Education Department, Washington, DC 20201.
STUDENT TRANSPORTATION/BUS DISCIPLINE POLICY
Students who ride the school bus may do so as long as they display safe and reasonable behavior. Choosing and/or continuing to
follow unacceptable behavior will result in loss of bus service. The bus driver is responsible for the safety and discipline of the
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students on the bus. The school administrator, in accordance to this policy, will determine consequences of misbehavior and the
reinstatement of bus service for the offending students should a suspension become necessary. A suspension applies to all buses
unless otherwise designated by school officials. The responsibility for student supervision by the school shall begin when the
student boards the bus in the morning and is retained until the child leaves the bus at the end of the day. Riding the school bus is a
privilege not a right, and as in such may be revoked for safety and discipline infractions.
I. Parent/Guardian Responsibility
Parents and guardians will be responsible for instructing their child in safe school bus ridership practices. If the student violates the
school bus policy, the parent will provide transportation for their child. Students will be picked up and dropped off at their designated
stop. Exceptions will require a written request from the parent to the principal for initialing and presentation by the student to the bus
driver. In emergency or other special circumstance a phone call by the parent to the principal and subsequent written approval from the
principal to the bus driver will be acceptable.
The Transportation Department will print and distribute copies of the Irwin County Code of Behavior Discipline Policy to each
school and the teacher will give one to each student. The School Bus Student Code of Behavior Discipline Policy will also be
published each fall in the Student Handbook. The teacher will provide the student with a letter to be included with the School Bus
Discipline Policy for the parent to read and review with the student, then return signed by parent and student to the teacher. This letter
will become part of the documentation required by the building principal to ensure that all students and parents understand the policy.
The school bus ride is an extension of the school day and is as such subject to all school policies and procedures. Bus conduct
reports will be recorded in accordance with all other school record keeping procedures.
II. Transporting of School Related/Non-related Items
No animals, any other dangerous, or objectionable nature items will be transported in the school bus when children are being
transported. Baseball and softball bats, hockey sticks, skateboards, or any other unacceptable recreational equipment will not be
allowed on regular buses. Band instruments that will be allowed on the bus are those that are small enough to be held in the student’s
lap. Instruments may not be in aisle or take the space of a student if that space is needed to sit down. Damage to personal items is not
covered by the school bus insurance coverage.
III. Behavior Guidelines - Each infraction of Class I and II offenses shall be reported by the driver to the respective school
principal.
Class I Offenses
• Eating or drinking on bus
• Out of seat while bus is in motion.
• Loud noise (should be classroom behavior).
• Horseplay.
• Possession of unacceptable material, obscene gestures.
• Profanity.
• Yelling out the bus window.
• Other offenses as reported by the driver or principal including using mirrors, lasers, flash cameras, or any other lights or
reflective devices in a manner that might interfere with the school bus driver’s operation of the school bus. Cell phone
use is prohibited unless authorized by the bus driver.
Class II Offenses
• Profanity (directed at driver), verbal abuse and harassment (directed at student or driver).
• Body parts out of window.
• Throwing / shooting of any objects.
• Physical aggression against any person.
• Use of tobacco and any controlled substance.
• Destruction of school property (vandalism suspended until restitution is made).
• Loading or unloading buses improperly.
• Lighting of matches, fireworks, or any flammable object or substance.
• Unauthorized entering or leaving bus through emergency door.
• Tampering with any portion of bus or equipment on bus.
• Riding of any bus after being suspended from one.
• Fighting (of any kind) treated as Class II 3rd offense.
• Other Offense committed on any bus outside regular transportation to and from school (shuttles, activity, field trip) will
carry a minimum penalty of a Class II 1st offense
Class I Consequences (Grades 6-12)
• First Offense - Warning (Call Parent).
• Second Offense - 3 to 5-day suspension from bus
• Third Offense - 5 to 10-day suspension from bus.
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• Fourth Offense - 10-day suspension from bus.
• Fifth Offense - Loss of bus service (for one full grading period or remainder of year)
Class II Consequences (Grades 6 -12)
• First Offense - 3 to 5-day suspension from bus.
• Second Offense - 5 to 10-day suspension from the bus.
• Third Offense - 10-day suspension from bus.
• Fourth Offense - Loss of bus services.
All assigned consequences subject to review of administration. Severe Class II offenses are subject to In-School
Suspension, Home Suspension, Alternative Correctional Education Placement and/or Juvenile Complaint.
The Board Policy requires a meeting between appropriate school district officials and the parent or guardian of any student found
to have engaged in bullying, physical assault or battery on a school bus for the purpose of forming a school bus behavior contract for the
student. The contract must provide for progressive age-appropriate discipline, penalties, and restrictions for student misconduct on the
bus. Contract provisions may include but shall not be limited to assigned seating, ongoing parental involvement, and suspension from
riding the bus.
V. Other
• A driver shall not cause a pupil to get off the bus at any place other than home or school.
• Bus drivers are expected to attend all meetings or clinics for drivers held during the year.
• The bus driver shall decide the mechanism of the bus daily. Brakes, steering, lights, windshield wipers, tires, and form should
be in good condition.
• In crossing a railroad track, the bus driver shall bring his/her bus to a complete stop, open the door, and observe all safety
procedures.
• The superintendent shall establish stops with proper input from staff.
• When children who live on the opposite side of the road are being picked up, they shall be instructed to remain on their side
until the bus has stopped, the mechanical stop signal has been extended, and the door has opened. The same procedure shall be
followed when students are being left off after the school day. The door shall be left open until the student has crossed the
highway safely.
• Bus drivers shall not permit pupils to get on or off buses while it is in motion.
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Bus Riding Rules
Remember “Safety First!”
Obey the bus driver at all times. Bus drivers are authorized to assign seats.
Be courteous; no profanity.
Eating or drinking is prohibited on the bus.
Do not throw objects or litter on the bus.
Cooperate with the driver.
Stay in your seat, face front, and keep the aisle clear.
Do not be destructive.
Windows are to be opened only with driver’s permission.
Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus.
Do not throw objects out the window.
Talk quietly, no loud outbursts.
Students will always cross in front of the bus when loading and unloading, after the bus driver’s signal.
Students must have a bus pass from the school office to ride a different bus or leave the bus at a different stop.
Georgia Toll-Free School Safety Hotline
1-877-SAY-STOP
MAKE THE CALL AND STOP VIOLENCE IN YOUR SCHOOL
The 1-877-SAY-STOP toll- free hotline was created by the Georgia Department of Education.
Students can anonymously report anyone who has a weapon, has threatened to bring a weapon to school, or has violated any other
school safety rules.
The hotline hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; after 5 p.m. all calls will be forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of
Investigation.
Callers will not be asked to reveal their identities.
Make the call; you can make a difference!
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